Newsletter - May 20, 2020
A message to you from President Tom Carroll
As Cape May and the rest of New Jersey debate when and how to reopen for business, Cape May MAC finds itself right in the middle. This is not how we had planned to celebrate our 50th Anniversary. We are one of many cultural attractions in the country that has been seriously affected by the quarantine. And like all the other cultural organizations, we have been worrying about our future, rather than celebrating our past successes.

I feel sure we will survive, but, we will come out a little leaner and probably more mission-focused because we have the will, a dedicated staff, hundreds of motivated volunteers, and attractions that continue to serve our community well. Soon, we will slowly reopen, taking all precautions to care for our visitors as well as our docents and staff. We are currently studying all of our operations with this in mind. Our trolleys will be open-air, we will seat people according to social distance recommendations, and we will follow CDC and Executive Order protocols. We will limit the numbers in the Physick House Museum, and spread out seating in Vintage, our new restaurant at the Carriage House. Finally, we will get to show off our 50th Anniversary Exhibit in the Carroll Gallery which I have been proudly introducing in a series of videos, which I am so pleased to learn that many of you are following.

Our quarterly newsletter and This Week in Cape May have been streamed with great success. Our staff is keeping Cape May MAC and our business members in the news with information about who is open as well as virtual opportunities to tour the house and lighthouse. We are selling tickets for future tours and giving people a chance to support Cape May MAC now, as we work to help Cape May by protecting all that we have done over the last 50 years to build regional tourism, based on cultural attractions.

As many have reminded us, Cape May MAC’s success and the success of local businesses, small and large, are tied together. We are determined to help Cape May look back on this time and say, “We all worked together and got it right!”

Tom Carroll
President, Cape May MAC Board of Trustees
Cape May Lighthouse
Restored Monomoy life saving boat gets new life in long term display at Cape May Lighthouse
The boat is a restoration project of the Cape May Maritime Museum, helping to illuminate life saving history at the Jersey Shore
LOWER TOWNSHIP — A Monomoy life saving boat is now on display on the grounds of the Cape May Lighthouse, Cape May Point State Park. The boat is a restoration project of the Cape May Maritime and Educational Center and will be on long term display here, in association with Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture). Read our blog post to learn m ore ..
Leslie Weidel
Creating a graphically appealing look for the organization
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - Leslie Weidel wears many hats and wears them well. She is Cape May MAC's Publications & Website Manager, designing and maintaining print marketing materials for the organization. She did the behind-the-scenes work with Chief Outreach Officer Eliza Lotozo to launch our new website and now maintains it. She handles many of Cape May MAC's Social Media postings and, in between all that, she owns and runs her own business. This accomplished millennial has brought energy, enthusiasm and creativity to the organization since her arrival in 2017.
Her family moved from Connecticut to Cape May when she was 18, and she graduated from Springfield College with a bachelor of science degree in athletic training. She worked a variety of jobs in Cape May, and earned a certification in massage therapy, which led to her opening her own business with a partner: Shore Soaps, with shops in Cape May and Stone Harbor.
She began at Cape May MAC as Marketing Assistant.
"Eliza Lotozo reached out to me and I decided to consider the position to strengthen my skills in social media marketing and to help MAC market themselves better. I didn't expect to get as much out of MAC as I have. Over the past three years I have grown professionally and personally," she said.
"I love creating our publication pieces. I had never used InDesign before, so there is a learning curve, but I caught on quickly and have had a lot of fun using this program. My favorite designs have been our new membership brochure, the Cape May Music Festival brochure, and the Travel Show Book. I joked with Eliza that in my next life I would like to design layouts for fashion magazines."
With quarantine in place, staff who are able to, are working from home.
"I love working from home," she said. "It allows me to multitask more efficiently. Now that the website is up, I am back to working on my projects pre-quarantine. With our name change (from Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities to Cape May MAC, in March) we have a lot of pieces that need to be updated and redesigned. Between our team meetings, creating social media content, updating the website, redesigning signs, designing new ads, and creating posters and brochures - I'm pretty busy."
Leslie has a real artistic and creative talent and passion that she channels into her work for Cape May MAC.
"As a young girl, my mom and I always made crafts together, which we would sometimes sell at craft shows. I realized then I love selling and marketing products that I or those close to me have made. I love Cape May, I love my co-workers, and love what we all produce within our departments, which makes my marketing job amazingly easy to do!"
We need you now more than ever. Every donation, membership and ticket purchase for future use helps sustain us during this crisis. Purchasing a membership, for example, helps us now and helps you later by granting you free admission to many of our tours and events. Please consider supporting Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture) today by clicking on the buttons below.
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Interested in volunteering for Cape May MAC? There are great opportunities and benefits. Find out more! Contact  Ayeshah Dickerson , Manager of Volunteer Engagement.
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